Dear all

We are now getting close to our 3rd edition that will be in Nancy on June 29 & 30.

During this 3rd edition, we will focus on all solutions that allow to decouple economic growth and use of materials while creating value for all actors involved and that will include:
- a yearly update on future materials trends shared by world top experts of the sector.
- an all industry set of indicators that will efficiently monitor the decoupling of economic growth and use of materials while creating value for all actors
- a demonstration of some key practical solutions: design for lightweighting AND recycling (rather than light weighting OR recycling), support circular economy development thanks to proper Life Cycle Analysis and use Internet of Things and new mobility services to develop sustainable materials solutions.
- one societal speech by the Mayor of one of the biggest emerging cities and one scientific speech by one world expert in the field of Materials - see full program

For the whole organization team (we are a non for profit organisation), it is crucially important to foster collective intelligence and develop concrete solutions while gathering people with different perspectives (CEOs of major international groups as well as of leaders of breakthrough start ups, world known academia and experts, prominent politicians and mayors of big cities as well as leaders of CSR organizations) and to work together on concrete solutions. We are therefore proud that following CEOS will be speaking this year: Arkema (France), Faurecia (France), FPT (Vietnam), Granges (Sweden), Imerys (France), Ivanhoe (Canada/Singapore), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan), Puretech (Canada), SAPA (Norway), Saint Gobain (France), Smiths Group (UK), Solvay (Belgium) and Suez Environnement (France). And top Academia and experts will come from Airbus (France/Germany), Peugeot Citroen (France), Volvo (Sweden), Blue Car (France), Stanford University (USA), University of California Irvine (USA), Hanyang University (Korea), Suzhou Institute of Technology (China), Mines ParisTech (France), Leiden University (Netherlands), EPF Lausanne (Switzerland), BRGM (France), CRU (UK), Mc Kinsey (Belgium) and Arthur D Little (France).

The jury of our Start Up Challenge also just nominated 14 breakthrough Start Ups whose CEOs will come to Nancy and present their innovations - see their list on our website

So we look forward to welcoming you soon in Nancy.
Philippe VARIN, Chairman World Materials Forum,
Prof. Victoire de MARGERIE, Vice-Chairman World Materials Forum,
and the Steering Committee.